Brewing beer is less glamorous than you might think. It involves a lot of sanitizing and a good deal of time spent watching the pot boil.
But that didn’t deter us from making the brew from the White House, which released recipes for two beers in September — a honey ale and a honey porter. We brewed the ale because it’s been served at state events and because it’s a style more familiar to casual beer drinkers. Many who are interested in home brewing have looked at the White House formula. “The recipe is fairly basic,” says Chris Maggiolo, owner of The Homebrew Emporium in Cambridge. “British hops, standard British ale yeast, unspecified crystal and biscuit malts, and some extract. It’s a good recipe for beginning brewers.”